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Namban Folding screen
Also known as: Namban byobu
 

Photograph: José Pessoa
© DDF/IMC,I.P

 
1593–1603
Kano Naizen (1570, Unknown-1616)
National Museum of Ancient Art
Lisbon, Portugal
About the Museum
The arrival of the Portuguese (namban jin) in Japan in 1543 began a period of rich exchange. Screens such as this one detail the Portuguese presence in Japan in gold and bright colours. The portrayal of strange people and precious goods arriving in Japan in Portuguese black ships (kurofune) amount to some of the most impressive namban products.
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Historical Cross Referencing
Historical and Artistic Introduction